Medical innovation is going at a fast pace due to new minimal invasive procedures enabled by the integration of equipment originally used independent by different imaging or treatment modalities. Open surgery rooms are converted to advanced hybrid interventional suites where a broad range of medical procedures can be performed from diagnosis to full surgery. Equipment originally not designed with the intent to interact is all of a sudden interacting with other medical equipment. Due to the long life time of medical equipment, this interaction spans products developed over the past 5-20 years, which were designed and released to different or predecessors of modern medical EMC standards. The system manufacturer and system integrator have a key role in EM risk management. EM risk management is the key new focus of the latest Medical EMC standard amongst a further increase in immunity test levels.
Rob Kleihorst, Philips Healthcare